The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 44):
37. “The Untouchables” (1987)
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Kevin Costner—Eliot Ness
Sean Connery—Jim Malone
Charles Martin Smith—Agent Oscar Wallace
Robert De Niro—Al Capone
Richard Bradford—Police Chief Mike Dorsett
Patricia Clarkson—Catherine Ness
Brian De Palma
Facts about the this movie:
*Brian De Palma met Bob Hoskins over a drink in Los Angeles to discuss playing Al Capone if De Palma's first choice Robert De Niro were to pass on the role. Since De Niro didn't say yes, Hoskins told De Palma he would do it if he were available. When De Niro finally took the role, De Palma sent Hoskins a thank you note, and the studio paid Hoskins, who had a "pay or play" deal, $200,000. Hoskins called De Palma and asked if there were any more movies the director didn't want him to be in.
*Robert De Niro insisted on wearing the same style of silk underwear that Al Capone wore, even though it would never be seen on camera. The producers, knowing DeNiro's reputation as a Method actor, gave in.
*Robert De Niro hadn't much time to gain the extra weight needed for his role, so that he had to wear pads and pillows for the desired effect of looking like the chunkier Capone.
*In the original script, the final gunfight had Eliot Ness and George Stone battling Capone gunmen on a stopped train. Brian De Palma conceived the gunfight on the steps in Chicago's Union Station when Paramount decided that staging the scene and finding a 1930s period train would be too expensive.
*Though the patron saints of police are Michael the Archangel and Saint Sebastian, Irish police officers often carried Saint Jude medals, the patron saint of hopeless causes.
* Jack Nicholson was also offered the role of Eliot Ness but declined.
* William Hurt was considered for the role of Eliot Ness but was too busy with other projects.
* Patricia Clarkson's film debut.
* When Capone's men are trying to smuggle the book keeper (Jack Kehoe) out of town, they are going to put him on board a train to Miami. In real life, Al Capone owned a luxurious mansion in Miami. Presumably, in the film, the mob was going to have the book keeper hide in Capone's mansion.
* The first liquor raid was shot on LaSalle Street with period cars and extras. Ness and his men exit the Rookery Building (between Adams and Quincy) and enter the City National Bank and Trust at 208 S. LaSalle. The building in the background (with the clock) is the Chicago Board of Trade, located at LaSalle and Jackson.
* Paramount Pictures made this film because they still held the filming rights to Eliot Ness' autobiography which they used to produce the TV series "The Untouchables". Originally, Paramount intended to make this, like so many other films since, as a big screen adaption of a TV series. However, director Brian De Palma, producer Art Linson, and writer David Mamet all felt that they didn't want to remake the series so they took their own dramatic license with the story, and the true events that inspired it, in order to make what they felt would be a good big screen epic. (This according to De Palma and Linson in the DVD "making of" documentary)
Why I Picked this movie #37:
1. It holds up.
2. It is the best cop / mobster movie ever made.
3. Great acting.
4. Great script/story
5. Great cast.
6. Has some of the most memorable quotes in film history.
7. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
8. Great cast chemistry.
9. It has one of the most memorable gun fights in film history.
10. Some of the great actors, playing some great roles.
First time seeing it:
On VHS at home.